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“Day of the Moon” Review – SPOILERS!!!

The second half of the series premiere of Doctor Who raised a lot more questions than answers, but it’s the beginning of the year, so it didn’t really have to answer much. “Day of the Moon,” while not as cinematic or as, to be honest, engaging as “The Impossible Astronaut,” still offered a huge amount of creepiness, excitement, and the requisite amount of Doctorishness to keep me satisfied and entertained. Moffat’s script is kind of all over the map logically, though, which I will get to in a moment. The cast, again, were very strong and in particular Arthur Darvill as Rory continues to stand out. I mentioned that the episode was less cinematic, but that is more to do with there being fewer exterior scenes and less to do with Toby Haynes’ excellent direction. Haynes’ work has proven to be among the best, up there with Graeme Harper and Euros Lyn.

For more specifics and the like, read on. (SPOILERS GALORE)

-One thing that put me off this episode a little initially is that we jump to three months later so quickly. We don’t see the direct ramifications of the cliffhanger and only get a little bit of it at all. I really felt like “Day of the Moon” was the third part and we just didn’t get to see part two.

-It’s never really explained why Canton needs to pretend to hunt down the members of Team TARDIS in the first place. If the Doctor is so tight with President Nixon, why are he and his friends being doggedly hunted? If it were the Silence using posthypnotic suggestion, why is Canton not affected? Again, I feel like most of this would have been explained in that hypothetical second part. More likely, this was just Moffat’s way of making an exciting and confusing pre-credits sequence. There is no narrative reason given for the whole Area 51 section or the “inescapable prison” being built because there’s seemingly no need for either one.

-Amy’s not pregnant anymore… or is she?

-I really liked the idea of them having to mark on themselves whenever they encounter the Silence. It adds a visual creepiness so we know there are lots of them about but we don’t actually have to see them. The scene where Amy walks around the abandoned orphanage is incredibly creepy and made even creepier when she suddenly sees markings on her arms, and then more on her face. Excellent depiction of it. Plus, the pack of them sleeping on the ceiling might be the most disturbing single shot the show’s had.

-The orphanage: Why? The Doctor says something about how the Silence probably wouldn’t take the little girl too far from their “base” in Florida, but why would they need to take her anywhere? That is all sort of glossed over. Again, though, visually, the orphanage is flawless and all of the writings on the wall of “Get Out of Here” and stuff like that were incredibly effective. That poor Dr. Whatever-His-Name-Was. He’s merely a shell of a man and his odd Plantation-Southern drawl made him all the more creepy.

-Okay, brass tacks: the scene with Amy in the little girl’s room in the orphanage. What the hell is going on there? First of all, we see a woman with a metallic eye patch through a window in a door who says she’s just having a dream. Uhh, what now? Then when Amy opens the door, there’s no longer a window and no eye patch woman inside. I honestly can’t even begin to figure out who this woman is or what she’s doing or why. Is she talking about Amy or the little girl?

-Next, Amy sees a bunch of pictures of the little girl and one of Amy holding a baby, presumably the little girl. The obvious implication is that this little girl is somehow Amy’s, but my question is: Why would the little girl have a bunch of pictures of herself in her room? Is this room actually the little girl’s room at all? I’m sort of doubting that now.

-Finally, the astronaut walks back into the room and lifts the visor revealing the little girl, a bullet hole in the glass. She again asks for help, but before Amy can do anything, she’s set upon by Silence. Clearly, Amy is very important, as is the little girl, but how are they connected?

-Canton, being the bad-ass that he is, shoots a Silent and they are able to take it back to the unnecessary impenetrable prison. But they went to go pick up Nixon first just so he could explain everything? What sort of sense does that make, as, presumably, Nixon would have to be the one who initiated the manhunt for everybody, and yet he seems to be perfectly genial the whole time. (I need to get over this, but the Area 51 thing was a waste of a good idea)

-The Silent reveals to the Doctor that they are, in fact, the Silence and that they will fall. Two things: 1) This moment was entirely wasted because we’ve known for weeks that they’re called the Silence. Could have been a decent reveal, utterly lost because we already knew it. And 2) Why would they themselves know about their own prophecy of falling? I really like the Silence as an entity and Moffat, being the evil genius he is, has wrapped a lot of UFO and alien abduction myths together in them. First, they look like the “Grey Alien” we’ve all grown to know; Second, they wear black suits, not unlike the Men in Black; Third, they make people forget them once they aren’t looking, which both ties back to the Men in Black as well as “missing time,” which a lot of abductees or people who’ve encountered aliens claim to experience.

-A lot of attention was paid this episode to Rory still feeling inadequate when compared to the Doctor and believing still that Amy would rather be with the Doctor than him. By the end of the episode, Amy proves twice that she loves Rory and Rory alone and THAT, my friends, had better be the end of it. I suppose it was necessary that Moffat address the issue, but I’ll be very happy to not have to deal with a perceived love triangle anymore. Rory is awesome and has more than earned a place in both the TARDIS and Amy’s life. So there.

-HUGE SCENE: They take the astronaut suit and inspect it and find that it’s composed of a great deal of alien technology. River inspects it and sees that the little girl is human, or at least the suit was set up to support human life. It’s also clear that the girl must be insanely strong if she broke out of the suit. The suit is also, somehow, able to support itself and is kind of alive since it begins rebuilding itself. Perhaps the suit acting on its own accord kills the future Doctor (I doubt it). The Silence have been taking technology from other races and planets forever, which would also explain their TARDIS.

-Aboard their TARDIS, Amy is tied up and is surprised to learn she’s been there for a couple of days. The Doctor and them arrive and he does his clever bit and eventually turns the entire human race against the Silence, all being tied back to the moon landing. I thought this was very smart and a good use of the era in which it was set. However, I’ll be damned if we’ve seen the last of the Silence. Clearly, they’re still involved in the Doctor’s life and indeed the universe as a whole.

-River Song is awesome. Not only does she just kick a lot of ass but I’m really starting to like the relationship she has with the Doctor. He’s beginning to open up more with her and be more flirtatious, and she’s not quite as know-it-all-y like she gets later in her life. I enjoyed the character always, but this two-parter was the first time I really GOT her character. She’s living in the terrible backwards world where the longer she lives, the less this man she loves knows about her. That’s immensely tragic and explains a lot of why she is the way she is in the earlier episodes we’ve seen.

-Amy isn’t pregnant, but she is, or was. The Doctor’s scanner keeps flickering between positive and negative. Hmm…

Well, I guess that’s all the important stuff to talk about. I can’t think of anything else worth discussing… except…

-The little girl frigging REGENERATES! What!?!?!?! This is Moffat making sure we’re awake and I love it. I have several theories as to what this could mean which I will list for you right now.

1) She’s just a kid. The astronaut suit she was in, being made of a bunch of different alien tech, somehow rebuilt her using Time Lord stuff which she now has the ability to use.
2) She is Amy and Rory’s daughter, but the Silence (or some other alien?) took her and did weird experiments on her. I still think just because there’s a picture of Amy holding a child doesn’t necessarily mean she’s holding THAT child OR that that child is hers.
3) She’s River Song, though that seems less and less likely the more we know about River, i.e. she ain’t a Time Lord.
4) She’s River and the Doctor’s child, again unlikely since River would surely have known and been more emphatic about helping her.
5) She is a Time Lord child that the Silence kidnapped a long time ago for experimental purposes.
6) The Silence are growing their own Time Lords using the Doctor’s regenerative energy and Amy’s embryo.
7) Something else no one’s thought of yet because Steven Moffat is incredibly clever and likes to show it off to us.

All in all, “Day of the Moon” was a fun episode, if not a perfect one.

Whatever happens, this series has set itself up to be incredibly different in narrative style as well as schedule. I’m really looking forward to the next few, non-mythos-weaving episodes. Just to tide you over, he’s the prequel and trailer for the next episode, “The Curse of the Black Spot.”

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  1. Chad H says:

    Also not the first time the Doctor had a beard 4th had one in The leisure hive

  2. Avant1963 says:

    I didn’t see anyone mention what I thought was the cleverest part of the whole episode – The “One small step for man” flub.

    There has been plenty of speculation and acknowledgement that Neil Armstrong was supposed to say “One small step for A man…” NASA says that there was static in the transmission and that Neil did not flub the line, it was just that we didn’t here the “A.”

    It was at that precise moment that The Doctor sent the Silence transmission – when we all should have heard “A” but did not… or did we and just don’t remember it?

    That whole thing gave me chills on how well it was integrated into this episode. Awesome writing.

    Here’s the controversy on Snopes:

  3. CaptainxBumout says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like they’re kind of trying to make Canton into a smaller form of River Song. I’m not sure if it was just these 2 episodes but it seems like there will be more encounters and in the first episode he said it would be the last he sees of them but they will see him.

  4. krystalevenstar says:

    My personal theory: The little girl is Amy/Rory’s daughter that’s been ‘infected’ with the consciousness/Huon energy of the TARDIS in-utero. When the little girl is born, she has the same memory and consciousness as the TARDIS itself, so she’s basically a physical avatar/manifestation of the TARDIS. I don’t necessarily know if she remains connected to the consciousness of the TARDIS after she’s been born as a human. Like, she’s born with all of the TARDIS’ consciousness up to that point, but following that she’s on her own. That being said, who else besides the TARDIS would be completely smitten with The Doctor, know how to read High Gallifreyan, be an expert TARDIS pilot, and all the other little clues we’ve had about River so far. Quotes like, “I don’t know why I let you out” and “I’m a screamer” (TARDIS has a tendency to.. scream a bit when flying, yes?)
    So River is the TARDIS (my theory for a while now), but I’ve never had a way to explain how. Amy’s baby is that way. That will also give people that Pond/River connection they’ve been yearning for since last season. The little girl needs the life-support system because she’s a human child with the powers/regenerative capabilities of a time lord. Her human body can’t handle the power without the aid of the life support system, which is why she dies and regenerates at the end of this episode. I believe The Silence want her huon energy to pilot their psuedo-TARDIS, something they require a Time Lord to do properly, or so we’re led to believe in The Lodger.

    River may/may not know this all, but if she does, she’s keeping the information from everyone else to avoid spoilers/altering the timeline. She can be 3 things all in one; A daughter of Rory/Amy, a physical manifestation of the consciousness of the TARDIS, and possibly The Doctor’s future wife/love interest.

    One last thing. In the upcoming episode with the Ood, I think the Ood is going to say something about ‘Amy’s Song’ to her, which is in some roundabout way why Amy is going to name her River Song.

  5. rune says:

    @Livius: Canton did open his envelope, if you look at it closely he didnt rip it open but it is open and folded.

  6. Stephen says:

    Anyone feel sorry for Rory? It looks like he had a bad 3 months away from the Doctor.

    While Amy and River had hash marks all up and down their arms, Rory was cover from head to toe with them. It looks like He may had hit the mother load!

  7. EruditeVixen says:

    @ Livius:

    He didn’t make it to the next…that is suspicious. Where was he between bodies? And why did that little girl talk like him?

    and my husband thinks that 908 killed 1103.

  8. Melissa C says:

    I think the little girl is Amy and Rory’s. She’s been in the TARDIS for a long time plus she’s been in the Pandorica. Don’t forget that she’s isn’t a normal girl according to the Doctor. That crack in her wall was there because of her. And Rory, well, he still remember being around for 2000 years, waiting for her to get out of the Pandorica. (Is he going to age?) Neither one of them is totally normal or like other humans so perhaps that affects their baby. It’s in and out of time, maybe.

  9. Livius says:

    I meant to say he tells the person in the suit which hand to use.
    So maybe 908 is very hurt is on the life support of the suit but need regenerative properties to heal and “kills” 1103.

  10. Livius says:

    ^The exact words from River “Whatever that was it killed him in the middle of the regeneration cycle. His body was already dead, he didn’t make it to the next one.

    I just re-watched The Impossible Astronaut and mainly that scene over and over. It’s very suspicious and made me think of a few things.

    1.Maybe he killed himself. 908 killed 1103 that is. In that scene, 1103 seems to tell the person in the suit which had to use (preserving the time line?) Also that ray was might green. Sonic Screwdriver green I might add.
    2. It’s Canton under the Doctor’s orders since Old Canton hadn’t open his envelope, wasn’t shocked, and had the gas ready because the Doctor told him to.

    Also if the little girl forced her way out of the suit, why was it on the ground untouched?

  11. EruditeVixen says:

    I don’t know if the comments addressed it, but I am leaning toward this idea of Amy’s pregnancy:

    River said in Impossible Astronaut that the doctor was killed during his regeneration cycle and never made it to his body. Where did he go then? Amy’s uterus? Is that why the silence was at that Utah beach?

    Because that same little girl RE FUCKING GENERATES at the end. But more than that, she is a little bit silly. Dare I say Dr. Silly?

    I think Amy’s carrying the doctor. That’s why the silence wanted her to tell him. But she forgot all about it. And now she’s both preggo and not.

    As for the Amy/Rory thing, I am getting sick of playing with Rory too. HE WAITED 2000 years! He should get it.

    and I agree about River hard core.

  12. AmandaM says:

    Oh yeah, and Canton! “Doctor SOOOO-OOOONG!” SCARY! I heart him, and the whole gay/marriage thing didn’t take me out of the story at all.

    Why the prison? I think the Silence needed to think the Doctor was indisposed, and I also think it was a way for Canton and the President to move around in the TARDIS without arousing suspicion.

  13. AmandaM says:

    @andyC – none of the new series companions have had children at all, so we don’t know. Except for Jackie Tyler – she didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the TARDIS, but enough? Who knows – we don’t know if Tony Tyler is a Time Lord child.

    I stand by my theory that the girl is Amy/Rory’s – did anyone notice that the girl’s regeneration, or figuratively, “birth”, was 9 months from when Amy first told the Doctor she was pregnant? That couldn’t have been an accident from the Moff.

    Amy is the important part of this whole arc, I’m sure of it. I nearly choked when the Silent told her that her memory is weak – she brings people back to life with her memory. I think the baby is conceived in the TARDIS and timey-wimey stuff happens to her.

    I think possibly that the baby, a Time Lord child, was taken by the Time Lords to be raised, and there is some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff that happens, and that door in the orphanage was a door to another place – the thing around the woman’s eye and the white light did it for me.

    HOWEVER – if this whole season ends up being Amy’s dream, I’ll never watch this show again.

    What else…River. Sigh. I am upset for her. I love her character so much and will miss her in episodes she isn’t in. Who is she? I still think related to Amy in one way or another. But I don’t think she is the little girl.

    So there!

  14. Liz says:

    This was actually a really good review. I agree on the “Why did they build this prison?” thing.

    Another thing I was wondering- If the group could find someone who could draw the silence, would the drawing still have the same memory effects?

    Side not- Keep Canton! He was one of my favorite parts of the episode.

  15. andyC says:

    @Jonathan…. i know scene “leaks” are intentional. I didn’t think i saw something I wasn’t supposed to. I was just pointing out there was a scene of the space suit girl telling Nixon on the phone, “look behind you” that hasn’t aired yet. That was my point. Thanks for commenting.

    The space suit girl being Amy and Rory’s child doesn’t make sense since humans parents have human children (obviously). A little girl regenerating is a good plot mystery though.

    @Robin Burks… Yes Martha Jones’ DNA was said to have changed as a result of traveling in the TARDIS but, there have been plenty of humans to travel in the TARDIS and that has never resulted in any of them having timelord children.

  16. Dean says:

    Unless I’m remembering the events of the episode in the wrong order, haha

  17. Dean says:

    Once they were on board the Tardis inside the black box, they formulated the plan for using the flashing hand things to record Silent sightings didn’t they? So there’s that.

  18. Livius says:

    I think we will get a repeat of the Doctor going back in time in his time line. Most likely The Silence will be in the finally this year and it will wrap together with the missing 3 months and the Future Doctor. The fakeTARDIS ship probably crashed on Earth before the dawn of man. They’ve been waiting for Human’s to advance enough for space travel to repair their ship. Maybe the reason Rory and Amy don’t try to kill them the first time has to do with The Silence not existing in modern day Earth. Explaining why the ship on Craig’s flat had no suitable pilot.

    Big part about the little girl maybe being Amy’s.
    The Silent in the ship tells Amy.
    “We do you honor, you will bring the silence.”

  19. Sean says:

    I’ve always wondered how they were going to explain away Rory’s memories of his time as an Auton.

    It was strongly suggested in “Day of the Moon” that Amy is in some sort of super-positional state, where she’s both pregnant and not-pregnant. ( Thus the scanner oscillating on her medical state. )

    Perhaps Rory is in some sort of super-positional state as well, where he’s both Auton and Human at the same time. Kind of like Schrödinger’s cat. That would explain why he remembers both… because he IS both.

    It could open up all sorts of adorkable superhero moments for Rory.


  20. Timothy mays says:

    @Papafrita, yes the ship wanted to use the doctor but as the doctor said. If the ship tried to use him it would explode because he was to much for it. While a child time lord might not make it explode tho.

  21. penty says:

    Why aren’t Amy, Rory and River trying to kill ‘The Silence’ immediately? Presumably they’ve seen this seen the moon landing footage before now…

    ………or is this some of the time-y wime-y stuff?

  22. PapaFrita says:

    Perhaps the Silence’s TARDIS actually belongs to the girl, who is a Time Lord they captured. They are parasites, after all. I’d have to watch it again, but didn’t that ship in “The Lodger” need a specific pilot to fly off, and could have used the doctor? Maybe they need her to pilot it.

  23. Daniel says:

    I agree that it seemed like this was part three and we never saw part two. I was surprised that what was happening in the end of “The Impossible Astronaut” never really gets explained, we just see a few vague images. Almost like Moffat wrote himself into a corner with no idea how to get everyone out safe.
    I know that since none of the characters would really remember what happened that is one way to justify not showing the viewer, but it still leaves too many unanswered questions:
    1) How did they get out of that situation they were in?
    2) Why didn’t the Silence kill them then?
    3) How did they come up with their plan if they don’t really remember the encounter?
    4) How does the United States in 1969 have the alien tech to build the “inescapable prison”?
    I’m not trying to be a hater on the show, I really enjoyed it. I just totally agree that narratively it would have helped to have an episode in between the two, to help explain the unanswered questions and resolve the cliffhanger.

  24. Artie says:

    There’s no canon reason Jenny couldn’t regenerate younger. Hell, William Hartnell regenerated into Patrick Troughton, 18 years his junior, and Tenant into Smith shaved off half of his apparent age. All we *know* about the process is that it’s generally unpredictable, unless the Time Lord him/herself initiates it voluntarily (like Romana). But perhaps the Time Lord’s own psychology has an effect, and if a young person (Jenny was an apparent teenager, I’d hardly call her “adult”) who did happen to miss a normal childhood regenerated while in a wistful state, she MIGHT in fact regnerate into a childlike body.

    That said, I doubt the little girl is actually Jenny, just because Time Lords are supposed to be able to recognise each other across regens. Drax even recognized the Doc after THREE. I’m also certain she’s not Romana/Susan/The Rani or anyone else from ye olde series, because after RTD milked that well dry, any halfway decent writer (or doubly-awesome one, like the Moff) just won’t go there again. But as we saw with Donna, she CAN’T be Amy’s or River’s daughter, as the Time Lord factor will utterly destroy anyone whose physiology is not Gallifreyian (never mind that Eighth Doctor malarkey) — while that progeny would certainly be unstable, and prone to early death, if a regen would solve that, then Donna’s sacrifice would have been in vain.

    Now, clearly for the Doctor and Jenny to conceive a fully Gallifreyian child would be even more wrong than the fact that they’ve already done just that, BUT we do know that between the end of TDD and just before 10 regenerated, there WERE other Time Lords on Earth. How awesome would it be if The Master turned out to be Doc’s son-in-law?

  25. Slughorn42 says:

    Incidentally, the actress playing the mysterious young girl also appeared in the supernatural drama Marchlands as Alex Kingston’s daughter. Coincidence? I think not! 😉

  26. Will S says:

    Does it bother anyone else that Nixon flew in the Tardis? Maybe twice? Does that make him a companion? I find the idea very disturbing…

    Do we know Jenny’s last name? “Wren” perhaps?

  27. Robin Burks says:

    I have my own theory about the child. I think she is the daughter of Amy and Rory, but she very well may have been born (and even partially raised) in the TARDIS. Being in the TARDIS for any length of time affects a human being’s body (I’m thinking of Martha Jones in Torchwood being kidnapped and being discovered to be different because of her time in the TARDIS).

  28. Dustin "The Wind" says:

    What if the silents told the doctor to jump forward 12 years in “the eleventh hour”, needing him to rejoin Amy when she was sexually mature. If so, then the second jump, the two year jump, was to ensure that Rory and her hooked up, making him the father. The monitor couldn’t decide if she was pregnant or not, implying that the kid had silent traits, which could be why Amy is sure she isn’t carrying.
    Donna gained time-lord traits through contact with the doctor’s energised hand, so what if something that hasn’t happened yet transferred some of his abilities into the unborn child, or possibly something the silents did while they had her captive for days? This could be the silents’ way of continuing their line, through forced evolution using the strongest genes available: time-lord and silence in a human host, which is why the child needs a life support suit, a first attempt at genetic manipulation with imperfect results.

  29. Kyle Anderson says:

    I’m gonna put the kibosh on this right here and now: It is NOT the character from The Doctor’s Daughter because Jenny was never a child. What happens when the Doctor regenerates, or any other Time Lord for that matter, they may appear younger or older, but they do not become children. This is a completely new thing, we’ve never seen a child regenerate before. My guess is she’ll regenerate into another child and then grow up from there, but Jenny is an adult (and a clone for that matter) and so could not be a small child.


  30. Laura says:

    #8 she could be the Doctors Daughter right?
    as in Season 4 Episode 6?

  31. Brian Kidd says:

    River Song’s predicament is a wonderful Sci-Fi analogy for the tragedy of Alzheimer’s. If you’ve ever had a loved one who suffered from it, you know the pain of someone close to you slowly and irrevocably becoming a stranger. Brilliant.

    As for all of the loose ends and seeming inconsistencies, I trust Moffat and am willing to hop on board and go for the ride. He’s an incredibly-smart and capable writer. I have faith that all will be revealed and, come the end of the season, we’ll all be basking in the warm afterglow of Whovian goodness.

  32. Kyle Anderson says:

    The idea of the Silence (yes, earlier poster, the plural of Silent is Silence, so there) being fooled by the impenetrable prison is valid until you realize they immediately leave the confines of it in the TARDIS and go other places where they’re seen by the Silence. As soon as they leave it, the aliens know what they’re up to because they’re everywhere.

  33. Chuck says:

    The reason for the prison is obvious, they did not want the silence to know what they were up to. Of course the pres. and Canton were in on it. I love the idea that when ever we look at the moon landing footage and can never hear or remember Armstrong saying “a man” is because we are always being given our marching orders against the Silence. Love this episode.

  34. Two theories:

    1) The little girl at the end of the show is either the daughter of the Doctor’s Daughter, or the Doctor’s Daughter herself. Does this mean we get Georgia Moffett back on the show — maybe even with her non-fake bun in the oven??

    2) The little girl at the end and/or River Song (OMG) is the Rani. Which would explain where she came from, why she might be in jail, why she knows SO much about the Doctor, how she knows how to fly the TARDIS, and why her character’s morality is rather, erm, ambiguous…

  35. rune says:

    There are going to be a few more prequels to come out also, the lastest of which was released before episode 2 and is about episode 3.

    Also about the woman in the eye patch, she is apparently in episode 6 so hopefully we find out then. But given Moffat’s writing I doubt it. Supposedly something that was in Season 5 episode 1 wont even be answered until the end of season 6.

    Finally im going to assume the child is Amy and Roy’s based off one of the things i read about next weeks episode. I’ll only post the link since it is a spoiler so don’t click it unless you want to know. It is number 7.

  36. Slughorn42 says:

    I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the theory that the girl is the Doctor and River’s child. Remember the scene in Part One where River said she was “feeling queasy” but blamed it on prison food? Maybe she’s pregnant and doesn’t know it yet. This would explain why, if the child is hers, she wouldn’t know anything about the situation. I suppose it’s possible she had the baby in the future which was then abducted by the Silence. I’m sure there are holes in this theory but without more information, it’s hard to come up with one that makes perfect sense.

  37. Wade says:

    Very fun episode, but it has some head scratcher moments once it’s said and done.

    Also – did we REALLY need them to play Hail to the Chief practically every time Nixon walked in the room? It was kind of funny that he kept popping up in places, but come on with the theme music.

    I did like that they sort of squeezed some history in there for fun, like it’s the Doctor that’s behind the short audio glitch in Neil Armstrong’s speech, and why Nixon got so paranoid, and why Nixon was taping everything in his office.

  38. rune says:

    They hint at it in the episode and then it is confirmed in the confidential.

  39. Jonathan says:

    Andy – the prequel wasn’t “leaked” it was intentionally released to freak people out.

    My personal theory is that the child is Amy and Rory’s and was conceived in the depth of the TARDIS during an adventure, and they found some freaky Gallifreyan oils or something and used it for their weird sexy-time acts (just look at them in the Christmas special, Roman policewoman roleplaying). And whatever they found had some unforeseen consequences.

    But, a general rule for figuring out a Steven Moffat story arc, if clues from the episode point to it, if you can work it out, if you can think of it at all, you are wrong.

  40. jtradke says:

    @rune – re: #1, I like that explanation, but where do they say that? I don’t remember that (and I don’t have any tallies on my arms).

  41. jtradke says:

    I enjoyed the episodes, but there was a few things that bugged me (one of which you mentioned):
    1) Why the crap does Canton need to imprison the Doctor and pretend to kill the Scoobie gang? I could’ve done with even a hand-wavey excuse (“The CIA was getting too suspicious” or something), but it just goes unremarked upon.
    2) The injured Silent just so happens to say, “you should kill us all,” but what if it hadn’t? What was the Doctor’s plan if it had said something else, or had stayed silent (so to speak)?
    3) The writing on the face was a creepy aesthetic, but it doesn’t make any sense practically, unless they were carrying around mirrors too.

  42. rune says:

    Just wanted to point out a couple things.
    1) They explained that the prison is area 51 was built so that the Dr could get everyone he trusted into one safe area where no silents/anyone else could get into or hear what is going on from the outside so that they could have time to operate and form a plan with out being chased by the silents/people controlled by their suggestions.

    2) The monsters are called Silents not Silence, so Silence will fall does not refer to the Silents being killed by the Dr. Plus what race of anything would have “we are gonna lose! as there motto.

  43. Pelder says:

    The ending with the little girl reminded me of the Doctor’s Daughter episode and I just wondered to myself if we’ll ever get closure on what happened to her or encounter her again at some point. I’m not totally sure though, since Moffatt hasn’t really incorporated much of anything from the previous series other than a few enemies.

  44. Annecoultersadamsapple says:

    I wasn’t into it. I’m glad they’re going back on adventures next week. Really excited about Neil Gaimans episode.

  45. Matt says:

    I think I’m in the vast minority here, but I think that the 3 month gap actually makes narrative sense. During that period, all the characters really seemed to have figured out was that the Silence were everywhere. And the Doctor spent the entire time in prison (growing a prodigious beard nonetheless — first bearded doctor?). Sure, the idea that they’ve been racing around the country trying to find answers might have been interesting for 5-10 minutes, but, given how much was already going on in Day of the Moon, I don’t think it was necessary. Besides, there is something to be said about using the confusion caused by the break in narrative to set up some awesome opening scenes.

  46. Mndrew says:

    #6, betting money on it.
    *Kill the evil aliens fnord*

  47. andyC says:

    I recall seeing a prequel leak more than a month ago with oval office footage of nixon talking on the phone to the girl in the space suit… and the girl repeatedly says, “look behind you” to president nixon…. and then reveal a Silence standing beside/behind him. At first I thought that was maybe a scene that got scrapped because we still haven’t seen that part yet, but I think now that eludes to Moffat coming back to the silence plot with Nixon and filling in the annoyingly missing three months of time mentioned at the beginning of Day of the Moon.

  48. Dean says:

    And admittedly you have to take a lot for granted when it comes to the gap between the episodes, but I figured that it was all a ruse to keep the Silence off their backs while the Doctor and the others plot their downfall and begin trying to figure out who the girl is.

  49. Dean says:

    I always thought “silence will fall” was a figure of speech, referring to the way in which they operate. Not that they knew they’d be defeated, if they even have been.

  50. Three Toes of Fury says:

    Looooved it. Im actually a huge fan of the style that Moffat used in this episode by creating story gaps and not filling everything in. I think it challenges the viewer more to keep up. He’s also planted a bunch of new seeds for us to watch grow throughtout the season. The good Doctor is back!

    Nixon “…will I be remembered?”
    Dr “They’ll never forget you……say hi to David Frost”